Justin Timberlake and Jay Z perform at the 55th Annual Grammy awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles

Justin Timberlake King Of The Grammys: Duets With Jay-Z, Drops ‘Mirrors’

Anticipation for Justin Timberlake’s comeback at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards was just about peaking even before the three hour telecast began.

With heavy hitters like The Roots, John Legend, fun., Ed Sheeran, and Frank Ocean unanimously telling red carpet interviewers that they were most looking forward to seeing the Memphis native take the stage, the scene was set for something of a revival.

Fast forward to Ellen DeGeneres and Beyonce. After some shtick from the pair and an introduction from the “Crazy In Love” singer, who described Timberlake as a “true triple threat” and “a man who was born to make music,” Beyonce asked the Los Angeles audience to stand.

It was finally time.

Looking tight in a Tom Ford tuxedo and backed by a similarly clad 16-piece 1920s evoking Big Band, four backing singers, and Art Deco set pieces, fittingly the screen turned to sepia as Timberlake jumped straight into his latest single “Suit & Tie.”

Three dancers kept things moving behind the singer before the 32-year-old demanded “Get out that seat Hov!” before Jay-Z — who features on the record — punched through a 24-bar rap.

While viewers at home saw their television sets flicker back to technicolor, the already on their feet crowd were audibly delighted as Timberlake segued into the Motown pacing of “Pusher Girl Love.”

Luxuriant strings, harmonies you could swim in, and the singer’s trademark falsetto (well he was wearing white socks), the unapologetically gospel heavy “outro” capped a triumphant two-song set.

Justin Timberlake and wife Jessica Biel, Beyonce and husband Jay-Z, front row at Los Angeles' Staples Center for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards